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Graham Brink - Business Columnist

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

  1. The Southernmost Point marker in Key West.
    The travel website put the Florida Keys on its list of places not to visit.
  2. Florida's unemployment rate was unchanged in October at 3.2 percent, according to numbers released Friday.
    The latest numbers were released Friday morning.
  3. Some of Tampa Bay's largest companies are being sold or are up for sale.
    Tech Data is just the latest in a growing list of public companies bought up by out-of-state firms.
  4. Tech Data's CEO Rich Hume (left) shares a moment with former CEO Bob Dutkowsky during a send off celebration for Dutkowsky earlier this year. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
    A private equity firm has agreed to buy Tech Data.
  5. Tech Data's headquarters in Largo.
    The company is being sold to a private equity firm.
  6. Tech Data chief executive officer Rich Hume talks to company employees about the pending acquisition of Tech Data for $5.4 billion at a global town hall meeting on Wednesday morning.
    Apollo Global Management has offered $130 per share of Tech Data stock. If shareholders approve, the home-grown company will remain based in Pinellas County.
  7. Florida had 381,300 jobs in the manufacturing sector in September. [Times 2016]
    No matter how many times you hear that the country doesn’t make anything anymore, don’t believe it.
  8. Outback Steakhouse owner Bloomin' Brands says it is open to a sale. (Courtesy of Bloomin' Brands)
    The company, parent to Outback Steakhouse, started here more than 30 years ago.
  9. St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial building.
    Merrill Lynch agreed to pay $4 million.
  10. The Turkey Point nuclear power plant south of Miami. [AP Photo, 2008]
    The plant’s owners have asked for another 20-year extension.